Disclaimer: I was not bribed to say all these nice things about this book.
Now that you know that, let’s get right into it.
Hi! Welcome to my first book review. I’m super excited to review this book, but first let me introduce you to the story:
One sorcerer. Four assassins. Uncover the stories of the warriors who will one day band together to kill the most powerful being in their world.
Fear. It is all around him. Wanderer sees it in the eyes of his fellow desert elves as they set out to fight a war that consumes countless lives. Hears it in his brother’s coughs as black magic slowly kills him. Feels it as strange colors appear in midair, seeking to suffocate him.
No matter how he twists it, he can only see two choices: Leave his sick brother and join a war where he will surely perish, or face his brother’s dying days and let his world be destroyed without putting up a fight.
To face one fear is to flee from another. Whichever path he chooses brands him a coward, but he cannot run any longer. Wanderer must make a choice: Will he allow fear to control him? Or will he find a way to reclaim his life?
Doesn’t that sound epic?
If your answer to that question was no, there is something wrong with you, and I strongly suggest you reevaluate your life choices. If your answer was yes, YAY, welcome to the club.
This was, plain and simple, an amazing book. It was engaging, descriptive, and perfectly paced. The use of deep-pov was remarkable and engaging, in a way that will make you feel like you’ve fallen right into Shard.
Now, let’s get into the specifics.
We’ll start with one of my favorite topics, world-building. Even in this short 60-page story, Heath has already created such an engaging, rich, and totally unique world. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never read a fantasy novel set in the desert before. I don’t know why not either, it’s a great idea. The characters live on an oasis, called Nathungar, on a continent called Thane, which is in turn part of a larger world, called Shard. An important feature of world building, that has already become apparent in Heath’s story is the culture of the elves. They have a religion; they worship the Masiah who they believe created Shard. They have a ritual to choose elflings for their position in the army, they don’t just end up in random places.
Up next, characters. Colors of Fear is about elves, but not your classic tall, pale woodland elves. Oh no, Heath’s elves are red-skinned and dark-haired, which perfectly matches their environment, strengthening her world building even further. (Honestly, I could go on and on about her world building.) Anyway, let’s talk about the characters themselves, Wanderer, Fendred (nicknamed Twig), a fascinating character known only as “the half-blooded she-elf,” and several more. Character development is definitely not the easiest part of writing, but this wonderful author has already developed distinct character tags and personality traits for each of her characters. Her main character, Wanderer, is already particularly well-developed for such a short story; the reader can clearly see at least some of his motivations and desires, as well as his love for his brother.
Before I let you go, I want to talk about a few more random aspects about this story that are worth noting. Number one, Wanderer seeing colors, is not purely poetic metaphors. Wanderer literally sees emotions as colors; his own, as well as those of others. This is a result of the same disease that his currently killing his brother. Number two, Heath’s villain, though he’s only been mentioned already has great potential for evil and psychopathic-ness (from now on, that’s a word) that could rival that of Loki.
All right, that about does it. Thanks for sticking with me until the end. If you want to read Colors of Fear (which you should) You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you want to follow Hannah Heath (again you should want to, she’s absolutely amazing), you can find her on Blogspot, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You should go follow her on all of these places for a healthy dose of sarcasm and nerd references.
That’s all for now! See you next week for a movie review of The Avengers.